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Emmanuel Padilla Holguin

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Mexican harpist Emmanuel Padilla Holguín recently became the first Latin American harpist to win an international harp competition by receiving 1st prize and Audience Award at the Dutch Harp Competition 2016 and 1st prize at the IV Mexico International Harp Competition.

Padilla Holguín also won the 2016 Ginastera Harp Concerto Competition at Indiana University and, as winner of the 2015 Latin American Music Recording Competition organized by the Jacobs School of Music, he recorded his first CD Three centuries of Mexican harp music, released both in the US and Mexico.

In 2017 he released a double CD comprising the entire harp catalogue by Mexican composer Mario Ruiz Armengol.

He has performed extensively in more than 60 cities in Mexico, USA, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Croatia, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and China.

Having started his music studies at the age of 3 in Mexico City, Emmanuel now holds a Bachelor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway he completed a Master’s-Artist Diploma degree.

In 2020, Emmanuel became the first harpist in the prestigious group of soloists “Concertistas de Bellas Artes” in Mexico.


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